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Wildstreet - 2011 Faster Louder EP

ARTIST: Wildstreet
ALBUM: Wildstreet II Faster Louder EP
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Ali Hassan


LINEUP: Erik Jayk - lead vocals * Keith Robert - lead guitar, vocals * Jimmy Marlowe - rhythm guitar, vocals *Ali Hassan - bass, vocals * Brian Beck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shake It * 02 Poison Kiss * 03 Hot Lixx * 04 Cocked And Ready * 05 Can't Stop The Rock



One of Retrospect Records better signings in recent years was New York combo Wildstreet. Their 2009 debut album was a glorious Def Leppard inspired affair, with a hint of sleaze/glam. I'm still quite betrothed to that CD, but since then, changes have been in the offing. The band have since seen the departure of guitarists Jimmy Marlowe and Keith Robert (both men played on these five tracks) - the former replaced by Aaron Joos while Johnny Prynce from the band Dirty Penny is filling in on lead guitar at present. So, what have these guys been up to in the meantime? Well, their sound has changed slightly, and moulding themselves into a unit that best resembles AC/DC, Kix and Def Leppard circa 'High And Dry'. They don't quite have the manic energy of Aussie larrikins Airbourne, but still, the energy is right up there. Wildstreet's second effort is called 'Wildstreet II: Faster Louder..' Well the attitude and intent is certainly there, and across the five tracks they let it all hang out.

The Songs
'Shake It' cranks things up from the get-go. If you like the riffing from bands like Kix or Sweden's hard rock heroes Bullet you'll love this. Big gang chant vocals on the chorus provide maximum impact.

'Poison Kiss' touches the sleaze genre in a slight way, with the slide guitar pushing this song into early 90's territory where bands such as The Quireboys and their ilk were a popular draw.

Ramping the tempo up a few notches, 'Hot Lixx' is less about hot women but more about the trials and tribulations of a kid getting his first guitar and learning how to play. To keep the rhyming scenario going, this song could be a Kix offcut!

'Cocked And Ready' is very nearly an AC/DC tribute song, the motif/riff is one straight out of the Angus Young cookbook, though Erik Jayk's vocals sounds more like 70's era Aerosmith.

'Can't Stop The Rock' is probably the closest in feel to the debut album material, the production is a bit more spacious, the arrangement close to 'High N Dry' period Def Leppard.

In Summary
It seems Wildstreet will be on the menu again for Rocklahoma 2011 (third year running), and hopefully we'll see a full-blown CD release sometime soon. One of my favourite bands on the circuit, let's hope they can push on even more!

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